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Northwestern had to use a silent count at home

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
Nebraska fans took over Ryan Field Saturday. (US Presswire)

Northwestern has always received some grief for its fan base, which in recent years has seen the Wildcats playing in front of some pretty sparse crowds. Things improve every season under Pat Fitzgerald running the program, but this latest news is a bit embarrassing.

After blowing a 12-point lead against Nebraska at home on Saturday, the Wildcats trailed 29-28 and got the ball back with just over two minutes to play. That drive would last six plays and 39 yards before ending in a missed field goal. But the stadium was so loud thanks to all the Nebraska fans in attendance, Northwestern had to use a silent count on the drive.

There were so many Huskers devotees among the crowd of 47,330 that the Wildcats had to use a silent count on their final drive because their linemen could not hear the calls.

"We didn't prepare for that all week," quarterback Kain Colter said.

It certainly isn't the first time that a visiting crowd took over another school's stadium. If you saw shots of the crowd during Saturday's game between Alabama and Tennessee, you saw just as much red as you did orange in Neyland Stadium.

That being said, just because it has happened before doesn't mean you want it happening to you.

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